Boozhoo! Shé:kon! Greetings!

On Sunday, September 24 2017, the Great Lakes Water Walk invites people from all backgrounds to join Indigenous Grandmothers, Knowledge Holders and Elders for a day of walking for the water.


A Water Walk is a sacred Anishinaabeg ceremony to honour Nibi (water). A humble, yet extraordinary Anishinaabe Elder from Manitoulin Island, Josephine Mandamin, has dedicated many years of her life to this responsibility. Since 2003, she has walked around all Great Lakes and other bodies of water and inspired other such Water Walks in other communities. These walks are now known as the Mother Earth Water Walks or NibiWalks and still take place each year in various communities across Turtle Island (North America). Learn more about Water Walks here.


On Sunday, September 24, 2017, the Great Lakes Water Walk invites people from all backgrounds to join Indigenous Grandmothers, Knowledge Holders and Elders in a day of “walking for the water.” Elders and participants will meet at specified locations along the Toronto Waterfront for traditional water blessings and to begin walking the eastern and western routes. The walk will conclude at Marilyn Bell Park, where respected Anishinaabe Elders Shirley Williams and Josephine Mandamin will lead an audience of thousands in a moving blessing for the Great Lakes.


We are looking for individuals and groups who are passionate about water and who are committed to fostering right relationships to help us bring this special event to the greater Toronto community.

Volunteer Roles may include:

Community Ambassadors: Take a leadership role in your community/watershed to spread the word and invite others to join the walk.
Pre-Walk Route Clean Up Crew: Help us prepare the ceremony sites prior to the event by picking up any debris and flagging the route. (Could be a great job for Walk Leads, too!).
Volunteer Leads: Responsible for helping to check-in and manage particular teams of volunteers during the event. Some management experience required.
Vested Walkers: Act as Safety Crossing Guards and Helpers along the route.
Walk Leads: Walk Leads have the added responsibility of knowing the walk route inside and out, and of leading the grandmothers as they carry Nibi. Training will include a pre-walk.
Time Keepers: You ensure everyone gets moving at the right time – you can’t be shy for this role 😀
Water Helpers: Initiated in and mindful of ceremony protocol, Water Helpers ensure smooth transition of the water pail during the walk.
Caravan Crew: Our Caravan Crew will shuttle key vehicles from starting to finish points on behalf of elders and staff walkers. A few will also follow the walk to transport key walkers should they need to exit the walk. Must have full license and clear abstract – ability to drive standard an asset.
Greeters & Directional Assists, Smudgers, IT Support, Elder Helpers / VIP Assists & more!

If you are interested in being a part of this amazing team and very special event, please register on our GLWW Volunteer site!

You can also contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Aleyah at

Register As A Volunteer!


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Gchi-miigwech / Thank you for being a part of the Great Lakes Water Walk 2017.

Ngaa-izhichigemi onji Nibi… We do this because of Water!